In celebration of cultural heritage months throughout the year, we offer a special collection of products featuring the designs of local artists. In February, we recognized Black History Month with a similar collection of products featuring the art of local artists and will also have artist collections celebrating Pride Month, Hispanic Heritage Month and the Midwest later this year.
This Women’s History Month, the artist collection features three Midwestern women artists – Abeer Abo-Shihata, Judy Mintze and Misty Gunter Russian – on products in every Meijer supercenter and on meijer.com while supplies last through April 1. Additionally, Meijer will donate 5 percent of sales from the collection to the American Heart Association’s Life is Why Campaign to help support initiatives like the Go Red for Women Campaign – an American Heart Association initiative focused on driving awareness of heart health among women – in their home states of Ohio, Indiana and Michigan.
“As women, we each have our own unique experiences that shape us,” said Carla Hendon, Director of Supplier Diversity and Indirect Procurement at Meijer. “While each piece reflects its artist’s celebration of her womanhood, we know this collection will speak to women at large as the pieces celebrate the depth and multi-dimensionality of a woman’s sense of self.”
Meet the Artists: Women's History Month
“Art is an outlet for my own communication. Art is almost like a language, and it’s a way to communicate with others. I’m already bilingual, so my art makes me trilingual.”
- Abeer Abo-Shihata
Hilliard, Ohio-based artist Abeer Abo-Shihata’s piece is an expression of renewal, hope, joy and unceasing growth. Abeer began painting while living in the Middle East over 15 years ago. Her work is semi-abstract, allowing the viewer to apply their own unique interpretation of her work.
“Even though we have all these roles and hats that we’re wearing, we need to take care of ourselves.”
- Judy Mintze
Judy Mintze is a self-taught artist based in Fishers, Ind. who uses art to express and enjoy herself, often letting her mood shape and color her work. In this piece, the woman’s hat is a central element of the composition and is representative of the many roles and responsibilities women carry throughout their lives.
“When women lift each other up, it really creates a positive ripple across the community. I hope that I can create some more things that people will see and feel empowered and feel beautiful and feel strong just by looking at what I've made.”
- Misty Gunter Russian
Eaton Rapids, Mich. artist Misty Gunter Russian found inspiration for this piece in the beauty of nature and diversity of humankind. Through this piece, she encourages women of all ages and walks of life to reflect on their uniqueness and see strength in each of their unique journeys.